STROKE � the FACTS

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WHAT IS IT? A stroke oc­curs when the blood sup­ply to part of the brain is cut off. There are two main types of stroke: is­chemic, where the blood sup­ply is stopped be­cause of a blood clot, or haem­or­rhagic, where a weak­ened blood ves­sel that’s sup­ply­ing the brain bursts. SYMP­TOMS: The main symp­toms can be re­mem­bered us­ing the word F.A.S.T. Face – drooped on one side, can’t smile. Arms – can’t lift them, or numb­ness. Speech – slurred or gar­bled. Time – dial 999 im­me­di­ately. TREAT­MENT: Medicines can pre­vent and dis­solve blood clots. Pro­ce­dures can re­move them, and surgery may be re­quired to treat brain swelling and re­duce the risk of fur­ther bleed­ing. INFO: Visit stroke.org.uk

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